Today, Monday, May 16, 2016 is National Biography Day.
What is your story? What do you want people to know about you?
What is your favorite biography? Who do you like to read about?
I had a coworker many years ago who told me she only read biographies. The reasoning was that she actually gained inspiration and insight from them. She told me she also learned a lot about famous people, people she didn’t know about, and a lot of unknown history as well.
As a small business owner, one piece of advice I have read over and over is to read biographies of famous people, especially business people.
Many people have truly amazing backgrounds and it is quite amazing how they came to be famous, or infamous.
After Abraham Lincoln, the most striking biographies I have ever read are those on Andrew Johnson, his successor after Lincoln was murdered. Johnson truly climbed from the bottom to the top even though he set the United States back many decades after the Civil War and in some respects this country has never truly recovered.
Harry Truman is another fascinating person with an amazing biography.
My favorite biographer is David McCullough.
Who is yours?